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Garden Visitors

Posted by mrssmythe on August 6, 2017 in CPT's Lens, Critters, Garden, Photography |

August is the big month for flowers in my garden…which means it’s also the big month for pollinators. I’ve been thrilled this year to see so many bees and butterflies, and I get a kick out of just sitting on the porch, watching everything coming and going. I tried to photograph some of our visitors […]

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Photographing Bees

Posted by mrssmythe on July 18, 2017 in Critters, Garden, iPhone photography |

I’m finding that the best time to photograph bees is right after the rain. The bees are out, but they move much more slowly. They don’t seem to mind you sneaking up to take their pictures. They are, however, a bit bedraggled. Whenever I see this, I want to comb their “hair” for them. I […]

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Reviving the Pond

Posted by mrssmythe on June 17, 2015 in Critters, Garden |

This was the year we were going to say goodbye to the pond. The fish did not survive the winter, the leaf litter at the bottom was disheartening, and our latest pump had finally died. CPT America was looking forward to draining the water, filling in the hole, and moving on. And then the water lilies started blooming. […]

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Unseasonably Warm

Posted by mrssmythe on October 15, 2014 in Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons |

For two days now our temperatures have hovered near eighty degrees. And, it hasn’t been a warm, dry eighty. It’s been a muggy eighty. I was working in the yard today, wearing jeans, and I realized, within minutes, that I was overdressed. You know how jeans feel sticky and heavy in the heat? That’s how […]

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A Pollinator-Friendly Garden

Posted by mrssmythe on July 25, 2014 in Garden, On the Home Front |

There are so many wonderful flowers available to gardeners now, that a trip to the nursery can be downright overwhelming. Everything looks so beautiful, it’s hard to know what to plant. In fact, I remember once being so staggered by the selection, that I left the garden center empty-handed. I simply couldn’t decide. Now, though, I […]

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